New Faculty and Staff, Part 5

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Autumn at SUNY Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11).

Get to know the faculty and staff who have recently joined Geneseo. This is part five in a continuing series welcoming the newest members of our family and introducing them to the campus.  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

Dallas Comstock

Dallas Comstock is the new assistant men’s basketball coach in Intercollegiate Athletics. His responsibilities include opponent game planning, recruiting, assisting with practice planning, and skill development. Prior to joining Geneseo, he served as the student manager for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team, and before taking a break from basketball, he was the assistant men’s basketball coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Comstock holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University at Buffalo and is currently working on his master’s in physical education from Canisius College. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and watching Penn State and Miami Dolphins football.

Kurt Nolan

Kurt Nolan is a new inspector with the University Police Department with responsibility for investigations (background, criminal, and internal), community outreach, training, and serving as liaison to the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office and surrounding law enforcement agencies. Prior to Geneseo, he served as a police officer with the Saratoga Springs Police Department; deputy sheriff with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office; and police officer with the New York State University Police, University at Albany. Nolan holds an AS in criminal justice from Adirondack Community College, a BA in psychology from the University at Albany, and a JD from Albany Law School. In his spare time, he plays semi-pro football for the Glens Falls Greenjackets.

Lauren Trautwein
Lauren Trautwein ’20 is the new Geneseo engagement manager in the Office of Advancement. She manages the Phonathon students and helps to implement new calling software. Prior to returning to Geneseo, she worked as a residential advisor at the Brunswick Job Corps Center in Brunswick, Georgia. Trautwein holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from SUNY Geneseo, and her hobbies include playing board games, watching Jeopardy, and baking.

Jolanda Westerhof

Jolanda Westerhof has been named dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education. An experienced teacher and professor, she has taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI, and Principia College in Elsah, IL. She also served in leadership roles, including as vice president of Educational Programs at the Veritas Institute in St. Louis and as president at Principia College. Additionally, she was the director of teacher education and served as associate vice president for the Academic Leadership and Change Division at the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) in Washington, DC. Westerhof earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction at Indiana University, a master’s in international affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s in history and education at Principia College.


Robyn Rime
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